‘Ridiculous’ Piers Morgan Reviews Cover of Simone Biles’ Athlete of the Year Magazine | Celebrity News | Show biz & TV
Piers Morgan took to his official Twitter page on Thursday to discuss the publication’s decision to feature Simone on the cover of its annual sports edition. The former Good Morning Britain star has hinted that she doesn’t deserve such an honorable title.
Piers responded to a tweet from @ElizLanders, which read: “@Simone_Bles is @TIME Athlete of the Year for sparking a global conversation on mental health. “
Piers responded by saying, “Ridiculous. We should be celebrating victory in sport – not quitting smoking.”
When Sky News reporter Mark Austin stepped into the conversation, asking the 56-year-old why people couldn’t just acknowledge Simone’s contribution to the cause, Piers was quick to respond.
“’Athlete of the Year’ for someone who left his team so they lost, then recovered in time to compete in his solo event a few days later? Pur-lease,” he shared.
During the Tokyo Olympics this summer, Simone stunned fans when she decided to withdraw from the women’s team final and the all-around final after achieving the worst vault score of her career .
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She continued to support her American teammates, who took silver in the tournament, with Russia taking gold and Great Britain coming in third.
Surprisingly, however, the 24-year-old made a remarkable comeback the following week, winning a bronze medal in the beam final.
Simone had mentioned mental health issues and being in the right frame of mind for her withdrawal.
Fans flocked to Piers’ comments section to voice their thoughts, with many appearing to have mixed opinions on the TV personality’s tweet.
She explained, “After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to continue. I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sport right now.
“We need to protect our minds and bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.
“I don’t trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it’s getting old. There were a few days where everyone was tweeting you and you felt the weight of the world.”
Simone concluded: “We’re not just athletes. We’re people at the end of the day and sometimes you just need to take a step back. I didn’t want to go out and do something stupid and hurt myself. I feel like a lot of athletes speaking out really helped.
Even then, Piers saw the whole situation as a “joke”, insinuating that Simone had made fun of mental health entering and leaving the Olympics and using the same “excuse” to justify why her performance had failed. been up to it. through.
When Simone’s reserve Jordan Chiles stepped in to take his place in tag team matches, Piers tweeted: “Are ‘mental health issues’ now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in the sport of elite? What a joke.
“Just admit that you did wrong, that you made mistakes, and that you will strive to do better next time.
“Children need strong role models, not this nonsense.”
Piers previously criticized tennis superstar Naomi Osaka in his Mail Online column, where he called her a “cocky and spoiled brat” for his decision to withdraw from the French Open following his struggle with severe depression.